Kiona Cabernet-Merlot - $13.99

Wine Details

Price: $13.99
Producer: Kiona Vineyards
Region: Washington
Varietal: Dry Red Table Wine
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: beet, chocolate, oak, plum, redcurrant
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • Careful vineyard selection emphasizes varietal fruit aromas that remind one of cherries and raspberries and thoughtful blending yields a smooth drinking wine that compliments a wide array of food. Kiona's Cabernet-Merlot is oak aged just enough to grace the bright fruit character without being overbearing.
  • John Williams founded Kiona Vineyards and Winery knowing that in order to make quality wine, one must start with quality fruit. That’s why the hands that tend our vineyards are the same that craft our wine, a tradition our family has continued for over three decades in Washington’s Red Mountain AVA. Even after growing grapes and making wine for over 30 years, our ceaseless pursuit of quality in all aspects of our business perseveres. We hope you enjoy drinking our wine as much as we enjoy making it.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 86 Details: ($12) Full red. Redcurrant, plum, milk chocolate and tarry oak on the ripe nose. Sweet and chunky in the mouth, with redcurrant and beet flavors. Firm, nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with slightly dusty, tongue-coating tannins. 2000 Tanzer beet, chocolate, oak, plum, redcurrant
WineSpectator - 86 Details: Distinctive stuff, firm, with earthy, cedary flavors to round out the soft plum fruit, which lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2004. 11,000 cases made. –HS 1999 WineSpectator earthy, plum
Tastings - 80 Details: Deep garnet hue. Lean, peppery aromas have an herbaceous undertone. A ripe entry leads to a rounded, medium-bodied palate with soft acidity. A very ripe, weighty quaffer with a glycerous texture. Drink now 1999 Tastings herbaceous, peppery
WineSpectator - 88 Details: Silky, smooth and generous, with its cherry, orange peel and spice flavors, which echo nicely on the rounded finish. Has enough fine tannins to warrant cellaring. Best from 2002 through 2007. 2,000 cases made. –HS 1998 WineSpectator cherry, orange peel, spice
Tastings - 83 Details: Bright violet red. Moderately light-bodied. Moderately extracted. Mildly tannic. Flowers, dried herbs. Engaging floral aromas lead a light-framed palate with bright floral flavors. Finishes with a hint of dry tannins 1997 Tastings black cherry, cinnamon, cola
WineSpectator - 85 Details: Smooth and spicy around a core of bright, citrusy flavors. Some black cherry and tarry notes develop on the finish. Drink now through 1999. 630 cases made. – 1995 WineSpectator black cherry, spicy

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Soft Pungent Cheese
Pasta & Grains Lasagna
Sauces Red Wine Sauce

Wine Terms

Name Value
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
Washington Most of the wineries in this state are located east of the Cascade Range, where the climate is desert-like, with hot days and cool nights. The irrigated vineyards produce high yield, but the flavor is nevertheless very good. Traditionally Rieslings have been the most successful here, but currently Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc are doing well. Chardonnay is successfully fermented in new oak barrels, yielding distinctively crisp and delicate flavors, like fresh apples. Washington Merlot, with its cherry flavors and aroma, tends to be more full-bodied, moderately tannic and slightly higher in alcohol than its Bordeaux cousins and higher in acidity than those from California. Acreage for the Syrah grape has increased substantially in the past few years, and in Washington it turns into big, dark, intensely concentrated wines with aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants, roasted coffee and leather. A little-known German grape, Lemberger, does very well here. It produces a fruity but dry red wine in the Beaujolais or Dolcetto style.

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